Tuesday Anything Possible – #RRBC Spotlight Author Tour with Mark Aberdeen

I am pleased to Welcome Mark Aberdeen the current Spotlight Author for Rave Reviews Book Club. He is on tour, and I am fortunate to have him stop by my place. If you would like to follow his tour you can go HERE to check the other stops. So Mark with no more delay tell us about your writing process.

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Mark’s Writing Process – Patent Pending

By Mark Aberdeen

 

Writing isn’t my full-time job. In my day job I manage a bunch of engineers for a telecommunication’s company and it blocks off a good portion of my week. I also have a wife, house, three dogs, obligations and a honey-do list with a never-ending list of home repairs that need to be done. When I come up with a story idea, it can be very annoying. First, my characters don’t know how to shut up and go away. They nag me until I write it down. Let’s be clear, I’m not literally hearing voices, but there are stories that need to be told, and I’m the appointed one to tell them. It’s a responsibility I take very seriously and one I don’t take on lightly. It’s an obligation.

 

I know once I settle down to write, I have a difficult time stopping. My wife becomes temporarily widowed, my dogs bark at me as if I were a stranger entering our home, I stop for bathroom and coffee breaks, I’ve slept with my face in my keyboard, I’ve had to delete a thousand pages of the letter E, I emerge from my office, not unlike a groundhog on February 2nd jumping at shadows and clutching a manuscript in grubby, coffee-stained fist, desperate for a shower, human contact, vitamin D production from sunlight and new eyeglass prescription. My creative process takes no prisoners. I use the rest of the year to recover from it and convince my wife not to spend the insurance money. My process isn’t for everyone, but the point of it is a writer can’t write without doing the work. Some talk about writing, or think about writing, or contemplate writing; they have terrific ideas, but there’s no substitute for putting words to paper, or pixels to screens, or whatever the kids are doing these days. A writer writes…patent pending.

 

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Knight and Dex

Excerpt

 

Snow settled over New London and covered the alley with a chilly blanket, which normally gave me a moment’s pause to reflect. I might have thought about tranquility, but there was nothing tranquil in the roundhouse kick I took to the face. Steam rose from crimson splatter as my blood hit the freshly fallen snow.

Minx’s claws flashed. I jumped back and narrowly avoided being torn open at the belly.

It was difficult to wax poetic while someone was doing their best to kill me.

Welcome to my life.

I swung my left fist. My intention wasn’t to connect with Minx’s jaw but to buy a precious second. The parry worked well enough and gave me the moment I needed to draw the pulse pistol from under my coat. I bellowed a triumphant, “Ha!”

My moment of glory was short-lived. Another kick connected with my right hand. The blow jarred the weapon loose, and it sailed into a snow bank. Powdery snow swallowed it whole. The thing about being unarmed, it felt a bit like being naked in a crowd. No way to cover my ass.

I gripped my stinging hand. “Shit.”

A powerful arm, furry and itchy and stiff as a crowbar, hooked me around the neck. Minx had gotten behind me, and the momentum of her attack tore my feet from the ground. I cartwheeled, forcing her to detach and spring back, but I landed face-down in a heap. The snow with all its apparent fluffiness did nothing to cushion my fall. The impact rattled my bones and lights danced across my vision, swirling in loopy rings.

All I needed was another concussion.

Strong hands grabbed me by the collar and belt. My stomach lurched as I was torn from the relative comfort of the ground and flipped onto my back like a flapjack. Minx pounced on top of me and pinned my arms to my sides with her powerful thighs. Normally, I approved of such positions, but she wasn’t Pink Panther, and this wasn’t foreplay. I feared she would crunch me like a walnut in a nutcracker. I gasped for precious air.

To any observer, it would appear as if I were unprepared for this fight. That observer would have been correct. I’d seen her running down the sidewalk and duck into this alley. She was up to something, and I’d interrupted her. Evidence suggested it was something she didn’t want the cops to know about. While my intent was to have a friendly chat with her, she’d decided to take our exchange in a different direction.

Minx had a reputation in underworld circles as an effective messenger. Our not-so-cozy encounter fell within the realm of her typical delivery method. While I didn’t feel like she took sadistic glee in her work, I thought she took pride in a job well done. I, on the other hand, found the work environment hostile, and already I was drawing up a complaint to her HR department.

Purchase Mark Aberdeen’s Dex Series here:

Dex Territory (Dex Territory Series Book 1)

TWB Press: http://www.twbpress.com/dexterritory.html

Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B00R1JZVIE

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dex-territory-mark-aberdeen/1120906076?ean=9781936991860

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/dex-territory

Follow Mark Aberdeen

Website: http://www.markaberdeen.blogspot.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Aberdeen

Twitter handle: @Mark_Aberdeen

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dexterritorybook

 

 

 

 

46 comments

    1. Thank you for the reblog Charles. 🙂

      1. You’re welcome. 😀

  1. What a great (and funny!) description of the writing process, Mark. Your excerpt prompts me to put you on my to-be-read list. Congrats on your Spotlight!

    1. Thanks for the visit Gwen. This was very funny.

  2. Writing would be so much easier if it could be a full-time occupation. It’s often difficult to switch from one mindset (day job) to the other (writing). I know people say, “Write something every day,” but it’s not always easy to clear the mind of all the clutter and focus on what you love to do.

    1. I have to agree. I seen ten years writing a book and when finished it was so bad I never published it. Thanks Rebecca for the visit.

  3. Whoops – we’re all busted! 😀 Great stuff Mark and John (the literary evangelists 😉 ) 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jan for the support and comment.

  4. beckyreilly2013 · ·

    Reblogged this on Rebecca Reilly – Author and commented:
    I love Mark’s sense of humor! Check out his work!

  5. Mark, you hit the nail on the head! I love when the writing overcomes life (though my husband doesn’t). I wish I could make it come in daily controllable spurts that facilitated balance in my life! Well, maybe not! What fun is there in balance????

    I’m enjoying your “SPOTLIGHT” Author blog tour, Mark!

    Thank you for hosting, John!

    1. Mark Aberdeen · ·

      Thanks Rebecca. I’m really enjoying getting to know everyone. We all share a lot of the same struggles and I’m with you, it’s fun dropping the last word on a manuscript and look at it smugly, and say, “alright, you bastard, you tried to drive me insane, ruin my marriage, test the bounds of human cleanliness and I’ve come out the other side victorious! I am THE CREATOR!!” Then end with fits of maniacal laughter.

      It then dawns on me that I might not be a sane as I think.

      You’re absolutely right, it’s really a great feeling putting something new out in the world. Writing my first novel was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I consider it my greatest source of despare, source of frustration and greatest triumph of my life. I truly love that I’m able to share it.

      My guess is you and everyone who’s typed the words The End for the first time knows exactly what I mean.

      1. I thin we all know what it means.

  6. Reblogged this on Don Massenzio's Blog and commented:
    A great post from another author with a day job. I believe that, because we have to dedicate our time to it, we are more productive as writers. I just spent five hours on a plane last night and wrote four chapters in my latest book. Keep on writing!

    1. Thanks for the reblog Don. Good for you on the chapters.

  7. Mark Aberdeen · ·

    Thank you all for reading my goofy musings and for John for hosting me. You are a courageous man! I truly wish to get to point where this was my job. That would be a dream for me. It’s certainly my goal. I love creating as much as I love quieting the voices. I’m envious of those that have reached a point where they live by use of their imagination. I’m also content being a renter, for now. 🙂

    1. It was lovely having you here. A lot of folks enjoyed your excerpt and humor.

  8. Kudos to writing with a full life and job. I know I wasn’t able to juggle it.
    Fantastic excerpt! 😀

    1. Yeah, me either. Thanks Tess.

      1. You are welcome, John.

    1. Thanks for the reblog Kim.

  9. Mark, your writing style sounds a lot like mine. I also work full time and also have a few Web site clients that I maintain their sites.

    1. Yowzza, Kim. I don’t know how you do it.

      1. Me either, John. I dont’ do it very well. 🙂 I really would love to retire a little early. Luckily, the Web sites I maintain don’t need updates that often, although I would really like to put a couple of them on WordPress. Hope to do that this year.

  10. Now, that writing process sure sounds familiar, Mark. 🙂 As for the writing (excerpt), kudos on the results. Shine on! 🙂

  11. As a nerd, I’m fascinated…

    1. Yes. He is fascinating.

  12. Thanks for the entertaining lesson, Mark! Love the excerpt as well. Have a great tour! Thanks for having us over, Mr. John!

    1. Thanks for stopping john. Uh that glass is not for carry out. Thanks.

  13. What an entertaining writing process!! Thanks for sharing, Mark!!

    Thank you for hosting, John!! We always appreciate your dedication & support to RRBC!!

    1. Thanks Mar. Nice to see you here.

  14. Entertaining post, Mark! Best wishes.

    Thanks for hosting, Mr. Howell.

  15. Mark Aberdeen · ·

    John, thank you so much for the kindness and for hosting my blog. I’m a little overwhelmed by the response. You are a tireless promoter and the RRBC is so enriched by your efforts. I can only aspire to be as engaged and as giving as you. You have my deepest gratitude. Best always, Mark

    1. *Blush* I believe we writers need to help each other. It is very gratifying to see someone you’ve supported make it big. Let’s hope that will be you. Thanks for the kind words Mark. Best to you.

  16. “A writer writes..” 😀 Interesting read, Mark. I’ve always loved to know about how different writers get their thoughts onto paper.
    And great blog, Mr Howell. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the visit.

    1. Thank you so much for the reblog

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